This past week was homecoming week at our town’s community college, and for us that means one thing: it is time for the annual talent show! After having such a wonderful experience participating last year, the kids had spoken fairly often about entering again this year and had many discussions about which acts to enter.
As time went along, I grew more and more doubtful that the college was going to have another talent show this year. The person who had been in charge of this event had left the college, and I just didn’t hear anything about it. Finally a couple of weeks ago, we were excited when John came home from college choir practice saying that the director announced that a homecoming talent show was being planned.
So, I watched the local newspaper for an announcement or something, and didn’t see anything. Finally, the week before the show arrived, and the paper printed a short piece that said that auditions were open–but only for college students. We were kind of disappointed–but settled our minds that this was all right because we certainly have enough other things going on. This all changed, though, when the DAY OF the auditions, I saw a Facebook post saying that auditions were being held, and when I asked if they were open to the public, the response was affirmative!
We definitely had to scramble to figure out what we were going to do! All of the kids had songs that they wanted to perform, but I reminded them that this is not “The O’Brien Show,” and that we have other opportunities to perform. We all wanted to perform as a quartet, but Brock wanted to fiddle, and Cosette wanted to play a piano solo. Cosette did a wonderful thing, however, when she said that she would not audition because she played a solo in last year’s talent show and thought Brock should have a chance this year. That was such a sweet decision! I told her that I was so proud of her that if she wanted to do the speaking for the quartet’s interview, I would definitely let her do that.
Well, we went to the try-outs, and a couple of days later we were called that both acts were accepted into the show! We went to the dress rehearsal and left having mixed feelings about our up-coming performances. I decided that I should ask Dan what we could do to improve our songs, and he had some good suggestions. We decided to incorporate his ideas into our song, and just do the best that we could do.
The performance went well! We walked off stage satisfied that we had done our best, and that’s all we can do. We do not enter these events to win, but to learn and grow, and we knew we had accomplished that. When Brock played his fiddle solo, the audience loved it! His music filled that large auditorium, and it sounded great! We were all very happy for him! Here is a video of his performance:
(By the way, I must say that I love his explanation of how he got into Cajun fiddling during the interview–it’s very honest, and very true! I had actually gotten that book for Cosette because she just loves playing double stops, and I guess the rest is history!)
So, how did the show turn out? Here is a video announcing the results:
We were very, very happy! We are also quick to give thanks to the Lord for giving us the opportunity to play, knowing that all good things come from Him! We also express our congratulations to Paige–a friend who also loves the Lord and certainly deserved first place!
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